Huge waves cause adventurer Sarah Outen to capsize in Pacific

Sarah Outen at the oars of Happy Socks

Sarah Outen at the oars of Happy Socks

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Adventurer Sarah Outen has had a frightening week on the Pacific Ocean with huge waves causing her to temporarily capsize.

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 27, from Oakham, is currently in her 35th day at sea and has been cabin bound for more than four days with 35 knot winds causing huge waves to crash into her small rowing boat Happy Socks.

Sarah is bidding to become the first woman to row 4,500 miles solo across the north Pacific.

The rough conditions caused her boat to capsize late on Wednesday night.

Yesterday Sarah said on her phonecast: “I capsized just before midnight, in the dark and it was a rather frightening experience.

“There is a horrible moment when you capsize when the boat is on top of you and it is like the boat is deciding what she is going to do - whether she is going to roll round or pop back up.

“Fortunately I was strapped, hanging upside down, looking at the water flowing around the hatches.”

Sarah said the incident had her heart racing and blood pressure raised as the demons in her head returned to the tropical storm which broke up her boat Gulliver in June 2012 and forced her to be saved from the ocean by the Japanese coast guard.

On her first attempt to cross the Pacific Sarah capsized about 20 times before having to abandon her journey. She restarted her challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power when she set off from Choshi Marina, Japan on April 27 and has made good progress despite the storms.